Chinese

Chinese

China is the second largest economy in the world and one of the largest trading partners of the United States. International businesses prefer to hire people who speak more than one language. China has become a huge market, and business leaders are looking for people who can speak Chinese and operate successfully in a Chinese cultural context. China is one of the world's oldest and richest continuous cultures, over 5,000 years old! One fifth of the planet speaks Chinese.  Mandarin Chinese is the mother tongue of over 873 million people, making it the most widely spoken first language in the world.

The study of the Chinese language opens the way to different important fields such as Chinese politics, economy, history and archaeology. But to study Chinese means to study a culture, a people.  

Chinese has a relatively uncomplicated grammar. Unlike French, German or English, Chinese has no verb conjugation (no need to memorize verb tenses!) and no noun declension (e.g., gender and number distinctions). The basic word order of Chinese is subject — verb — object, exactly as in English. 

Study Abroad

Students at UVU have the opportunity to spend a summer studying Chinese in our Study Abroad Program.  No prior knowledge of Chinese language is required to study abroad, but students will be required to study Chinese while in the program.  More information on studying Chinese in China is available at: http://www.uvu.edu/lang/chinese/study-abroad.html

Events

Each year students and faculty organize a celebration of the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) at UVU with food, activities and entertainment.  The Festival has a far-reaching history of over 3,800 years.  Today, it is the most important traditional festival in China, and many old customs are inherited from its ancient origins and development throughout history.  This year Chinese New Year fall on February 16, 2018 the Year of the Dog.  Look for further announcements closer to the celebration.

The Chinese Dual-Immersion Fair this year will be held on Friday, March 16, 2018.  This all-inclusive event for elementary school DLI students studying Chinese gives students the opportunity to showcase and combine their Chinese language and cultural skills with other Utah Chinese DLI students.  All Chinese DLI students are encourage to participate.  For more information, go to http://www.uvu.edu/international/udif/fair/.

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Catalog

View Chinese courses in the 2016-2017 course catalog